HOW TO CONTACT ME:
You can reach me any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday either by emailing me or by calling 863-1554. I am not on campus Tuesdays or Thursdays, so please do not try to contact me on those days! Unlike many people, I am diurnal (I sleep at night and am awake during the day) resulting in the following facts: if you email me in the middle of the night, it won't be looked at until normal working hours in the morning. Email tends to read like so much vomit--people seem to forget that someone on the other end actually has to look at the message! Your teacher prefers the handwritten note or the actual meeting and talking together--it is how I get to meet you! So, please make an appointment for either office hours (MWF, 10-11, Mood 223) or for a more convenient time MWF.
Meeting is good, especially if you have questions or concerns BEFORE you do an assignment!!! So, get your handwritten notes in line--you can hand them to me before or after class and we can meet and chat.
Note: Make-up exams are the exception, and not the rule, and will not be granted automatically. Make-ups must be arranged no fewer than forty-eight hours with the instructor in advance of the regularly scheduled time, and will be given (or not) at the discretion of the instructor.
Final Grades. The plus and minus grading system will be used for final grades. Semester % averages will translate to the following letter grades:
The plus and minus grading system in effected at Southwestern will be used for final grades. The ancients were absolute giants in terms of math, science, and natural philosophy unlike your merely mortal instructor.
If you feel that the grades have been averaged incorrectly, please do not hesitate to contact the instructor. Semester percentage averages will translate to the following letter grades (anything below 60 if a failure):
|Grade||Inclusive % Range||GPA POINTS|
|Monday, August 27||Classes begin
Introduction, Review of Assignments
|Well, I am not here until Wednesday, so this whole day happens then! Go ahead and look at the maps and read the first Shelton Article #1(that's a couple of pictures and one whole page--you can handle it!)--we'll begin there on Wednesday!|
|Wednesday, August 29||Language, Topography||World, p. xvii, maps 1-6
Helpful Hint: On reserve in the library for our class are four copies of Howe and Howe, The Ancient World. If you want to have some backup to our history reading, this is a really quick, easy-to-read review of Roman history. You would do well to read the short, relevant chapters!!!
|Friday, August 31||Pre Imperial History||World, pp. 3-13, *Shelton #1|
|Monday, September 3
Labor Day, No Class
|Wednesday, September 5||PreImperial History||World, pp. 13-18|
|Friday, September 7||PreImperial History||World, pp. 18-31
Look over, but do not comment on for your journal, Shelton #187, which helps you appreciate Livy's point of view concerning Tiberius Gracchus and gives you some historical talking points when you read about this (in current day) mythologicalized figure
|Monday, September 10||PreImperial History||World, pp. 31-39|
|Wednesday, September 12||PreImperial History||World, pp. 39-48|
|Friday, September 14||Imperial History||World, pp. 49-70|
|Monday, September 17||Princeps and imperator||World, pp. 83-111
Do these in your journal and BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS THEM!!!
|Wednesday, September 19||Governing Rome||World, pp.112-139
|Friday, September 21||Society and Religion I,
Brief discussion of Group Projects
*Shelton #321, 322, 323
|Monday, September 24||Society and Religion II, Slavery||*Shelton #198, 199, 203, 206, 210|
|Wednesday, September 26||Society and Religion III, Slavery, farming||JOURNAL DUE, 5pm
THIS DATE IS CARVED IN STONE.
|Friday, September 28||
Exam Number 1
THIS DATE IS CARVED IN STONE.
|Monday, October 1
this one "web handout" is for all religion lectures
|Religion IV||*Shelton #405, 407, 408, 419, 423, 426, 427, 429, 432
You may group some of these together if that makes it easier for you to submit your journals; some may not be immediately understandable, but will become clear so you may want to add to these
SUBMIT ON JOURNAL TWO PLEASE
|Wednesday, October 3
PAPER TOPIC DUE BY 5 p.m.; SUBMIT ONLINE ON THE SEGUE FORM; NOT BY EMAIL!
|Religion V||*Shelton #446,447, 449|
|Friday, October 5||Religion VI||*Shelton #434, 435, 437, 439|
|Monday, October 8||Production, Consumption, Technology||World, pp. 181-207|
|Wednesday, October 10
||Technology||Reading Assignment: Why did the Ancients Not Develop Technology?|
|Friday, October 12
First draft of paper due; no electronic copies allowed; by 5 p.m.--now by 4:45 pm in the library; please hand them to the really nice Ms. Laura behind the desk; the library has to close its doors early.
Fall Break begins at 10 p.m.
|Roman family, Roman Women
No class--this will be on Wednesday
|World, pp. 208-234, *Shelton #325, 330|
|Monday, October 15
|Wednesday, October 17
Fall break ends at 8 AM
|Roman Women||Reading Assignment: Selections From Women's Life in Roman World|
|Friday, October 19||Roman Women
GROUP PROJECT SUBMIT FORM DUE BY 5 p.m.--feel free to write it out on paper and drop it by MoodBridwell 223 by 5 pm if you find segue unavailable, intimidating, or the like!
|Shelton: look over carefully, do NOT, REPEAT NOT, write in your journals: 55, 59, 61, 62|
|Monday, October 22||Roman Mind
|World, pp. 235-241
*Shelton #134, 135
Journal Due 5 p.m.--you should read and know but do not have to comment upon Roman Education until journal Three
|Wednesday, October 24||Roman Mind
|Shelton *143, 145, 152, 153, 154, 157, 160 (journal entries can be really quick here--this is more directed writing, as I discussed in class--focus on the effect of the system of education)|
|Friday, October 26||
EXAM NUMBER TWO
note the rechiseling!!!
|Monday, October 29||The Roman Mind
Philosophy I and II
|Wednesday, October 31||Roman Literature I;
BECAUSE THE EXAM DATE WAS RECHISELED, IT PUT IT TOO CLOSE TO THE PAPER DATE; NOTE THE NEW DATE for the paper IS MONDAY, NOV. 5!!!!!
Paper Due by 5 p.m.; no electronic submissions; make sure it has footnotes and bibliography
|World, pp. 262-286|
|Friday, November 2||Roman Literature II||
Get to it on the reading assignment section of segue.
|Monday, November 5||Roman Art and Architecture, architecture I
Paper Due by 5 p.m.; no electronic submissions; make sure it has footnotes and bibliography; Take TO MOOD-BRIDWELL 223 or bring it to class.
There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE "NO ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION" RULE, SO DO NOT ASK FOR ONE. For instructions concerning the paper, look under "requirements" section under "introduction" header in segue.
|World, pp. 287-316
Shelton #79, 97
|Roman Art and Architecture, architecture II
|Friday, November 9||Roman Art and Architecture, Painting I||Learn Pictures|
|Monday, November 12||GROUP PROJECTS I
GROUP I (A. Hernandez, F. Cespedes, B. Sanders, K. Dimatris)
Group II (M. Strachura, J. Borgstrom, S. Butler)
|Will be on final exam!
|Wednesday, November 14||GROUP PROJECTS II
Group III (A. Fulenwider, P. Boatright)
Group IV (S. Giles, J. Fedors, N. Ashford, J. Burchfield)
|Will be on final exam!
|Friday, November 16||GROUP PROJECTS II.v
Group V (K. Huff, K. Ferguson, C. Smith)
ROMAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE, PAINTING II
|WILL BE ON FINAL EXAM!
|Monday, November 19||Medicine I||Fabulous Website!!|
|Tuesday, November 20
Thanksgiving Holiday begins at 10 p.m.
|Classes resume, 8 am
Monday, November 26
|Medicine II||*Shelton 111, 112, 114, 115, 118|
Wednesday, November 28
Bread and Circuses I
|Friday, November 30||
Bread and Circuses II
|*Shelton #377, 378, 379, 380, 382, 391, 392, 396, 397--treat these journal entries VERY BRIEFLY|
|Monday, December 3
on which we will actually do:
Friday, December 7
|Course Evaluations--Attention!! These are now done on-line; welcome to the 21st century. Because of that wonderful addition, we will have an extra twenty minutes. So, we will do Later Roman History: it will be on the Final, so read it and be prepared to discuss it, please!!!!
Later Roman History; Questions
1. "The government of the period has sometimes been called a tetrarchy (rule by four), but Diocletian was always the dominant force." What is the tetrarchy that Diocletian (284-305) established? How did it differ from the empire under Septimius Severus?
2. "Although Diocletian's contributions to Roman resurgence were substantial, not all of his reforms succeeded." What were some of Diocletian's failures? What didn't work?
3. What is the significance of the Battle of the Mulvian Bridge? What changed after that battle?
4. "Although in his early career he had benefited from political unrest, Constantine the Great became an agent of reform and stability." What reforms did he enact? What effects did they have?
5. In the period following Constantine's death (337), "in history great men are rare, but even so, the period after Constantine seems remarkably deficient in that respect" and "Barbarian invasions simply came too frequently and with greater force than in earlier periods" say our authors. Do you find this a reasonable assessment of the fourth century?
6. In the section "causes of Rome's fall," the authors list the different centuries at which Rome's decline is supposed to have begun. Your choices are: 1. the beginning; its problems inherent with its very nature, 2. 180, after Marcus Aurelius based on changes in art and loss of eastern territory, 3. Third century, with the third century crisis inherent in the many emperors murdered one after another, and 4. after 395, since Constantine held the empire together and the intellectuals of the day do not point to the "end of times." Which time frame do you favor?
Wednesday, December 5
|Petronius' Satyricon: This reading assignment is on "Reading Assignments," it's short and fun! Gives you great insights into Roman culture, but it is in pdf form.
FINAL JOURNAL DUE, 5 p.m. Any material left out by that hour will be subtracted from your final grade--it's a wonderful way to learn the material for the course, think about it, make it your own, study for the final, so please complete the journal!
Last Day of Class, Friday, Dec. 7
|Petronius' Satyricon continued; Review.
OUR FINAL IS SCHEDULED FROM 8:30--11:30 am on Wednesday, December 12 in our room.